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‘Smuggled’ foreign ships seized in Aparri

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday, April 11, said it seized four foreign vessels in Aparri town in Cagayan province suspected to have been smuggled into the country and presently being used in the “illegal quarrying” of magnetic black sand along the Cagayan River.

In a press release, the BOC the personnel in the vessel failed to present documents showing that duties and taxes had been paid by its owners when it entered the Philippine territory.

Before the operation, the BOC had received earlier reports saying foreign vessels have allegedly been smuggled into the country and are operating in Aparri.

After a mission order was issued by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, the bureau’s Special Studies and Project Development Committee (SSPDC), with the help of barangay officials, located the MV Nova 1 at the Parradun Sur Quarry Site in Aparri.

It was discovered that the vessel was involved in the illegal quarrying of magnetic black sand along the Cagayan River.

Three other vessels, MV Vela 1, MV Vela 3 and Monte Cristo II, which were apparently used for the same purpose were found at the Hua Xia/Pine Sand compound in Barangay Tallungan, also in Aparri.

All four vessels are said to have an estimated value of P200 million.

“This latest seizure only points to the unyielding efforts of the BOC to put a stop to smuggling and other illicit trade activities, whether by land or sea,” Faeldon said/
“We will remain even more vigorous in our mission to run after violators,” Faeldon added. Northernforum.net

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